|Publication number||US20070021160 A1|
|Application number||US 11/489,554|
|Publication date||Jan 25, 2007|
|Filing date||Jul 20, 2006|
|Priority date||Jul 20, 2005|
|Also published as||US7697965|
|Publication number||11489554, 489554, US 2007/0021160 A1, US 2007/021160 A1, US 20070021160 A1, US 20070021160A1, US 2007021160 A1, US 2007021160A1, US-A1-20070021160, US-A1-2007021160, US2007/0021160A1, US2007/021160A1, US20070021160 A1, US20070021160A1, US2007021160 A1, US2007021160A1|
|Original Assignee||Inventec Appliances Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (7), Classifications (7), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to electronic telecommunication devices and more particularly to a mobile phone with improved characteristics.
Wireless telecommunication technologies have a rapid, spectacular development in recent several decades, resulting in a great impact to the modern society. One example of a variety of available electronic telecommunication devices is a mobile phone. Features of a mobile phone are advanced gradually and a wide variety of mobile phones are commercially available in a faster pace. Market growth is also significant. And in turn, it makes mobile telephony industry advance greatly. Human life and working modes are thus brought into a revolutionary change. It is estimated that there are more than 1 billion mobile phone subscribers in the world. Modern mobile phones have functions other than only the standard voice function of a telephone. In fact, latest mobile phones can support many additional services such as text messaging, Internet accessing, etc. This is because the mobile phone market is very competitive and the world's largest mobile phone companies want to own a larger share of the global market. It is clear from above and in view of the trend that only those mobile phone companies are capable of providing powerful functions and friendly services can survive in the competitive market.
More additional services are available as mobile phones gradually become a ubiquitous tool in our daily life. Designs of a mobile phone are also diversified for the purposes of satisfying the needs of telecommunications and increasing competitiveness of the mobile phone company in the market. In brief, the traditional function oriented design has gradually changed into a design focusing on novelty and being visually aesthetic so as to gain popularity among vast consumers.
A conventional mobile phone is shown in
Another conventional mobile phone as an improvement of the mobile phone of
A further conventional mobile phone is shown in
Above three types of mobile phone are most often available in the market. Designs of modern mobile phones are substantially minor improvements or modifications of the above mobile phones. That is, designs of modern mobile phones are limited to the above three types. No breakthroughs have been made so far as the present inventor is aware. Thus, it is desirable among manufacturers of the art and consumers to provide a novel mobile phone having a construction completely different from the above three types in order to overcome the inadequacy of the prior art.
After considerable research and experimentation, a mobile phone according to the present invention has been devised so as to overcome the above drawback (i.e., no design breakthrough) of the prior art.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a mobile phone comprising a body and a housing. A hollow is formed within the housing and the body is slidably disposed in the hollow. The hollow has an opening in an end of the housing and the other end terminated at a closed end of the housing distal the opening. A display (e.g., LCD (liquid crystal display)) is disposed on a front surface of the housing and is adapted to show messages. The body comprises a circuit board and an input device. The circuit board is installed within the body and comprises electronic circuits and devices for controlling the components of the housing, the display, the body, and the input device. The input device (e.g., alphanumeric keypad) is disposed on a front surface of the body. A user may press keys of the input device for operating the mobile phone. In operation, the body is capable of being engaged with the housing, capable of being slidably installed into the hollow through the opening, and capable of being slid towards outside of the hollow through the opening to expose the input device for a user to make a call by means of the mobile phone.
The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken with the accompanying drawings.
A display (e.g., LCD (liquid crystal display)) 50 is provided on a front surface of the housing 5 and is adapted to show messages. A hollow 52 is formed within the housing 5 and has an opening 521 in an end of the housing 5. The hollow 52 has a blind interior terminating at a closed end of the housing 5 distal the opening 521. The body 6 comprises a circuit board (not shown) and an input device (e.g., alphanumeric keypad) 60, wherein the input device 60 is disposed on a front surface of the body 6 and the body 6 is capable of being engaged with the housing 5, capable of being slidably installed into the hollow 52 through the opening 521 and capable of being slid towards outside of the hollow 52 through the opening 521 to expose the input device 60 for a user to press keys of the input device 60 for operating the mobile phone 4. The circuit board is installed within the body 6 and includes electronic circuits and devices for controlling the components of the housing 5, the body 6, the display 50 and the input device 60. After the body 6 is slid towards outside of the hollow 52 into a position through the opening 521 where the body 6 is still engaged with the housing 5 and the input device 60 is revealed, the body 6 comprising the circuit board is capable of being operated by using the input device 60. As an end, a user may make a call by means of the mobile phone 4.
While the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention set forth in the claims.
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|International Classification||H04M1/02, H04M1/03, H04M1/00|
|Cooperative Classification||H04M1/23, H04M1/0237|
|Jul 20, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP.,TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:LI, ZHENG;REEL/FRAME:018116/0664
Effective date: 20060613
|Oct 15, 2013||FPAY||Fee payment|
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